Part of Boluda Corporación Marítima since 1990, she has been head of the offshore and salvage division since 1997
The Director of Boluda Corporacion Maritima’s Off Shore y Salvamento Marítimo subsidiary Charo Coll Bargues has received from the President of the Generalitat Valenciana, Ximo Puig, the Distinción al Mérito Empresarial y Social de la Generalitat Valenciana, a business and social achievement award that honours her professional career, her dedication and her contribution to the economic interests and promotion of the Valencian region.
Charo Coll joined Boluda in 1990, forming part of the Off Shore y Salvamento Marítimo management team from its inception. That year Spain began to develop the National Maritime Salvage Plan, and Boluda Towage and Salvage’s key role in the plan was coordinated by Charo Coll.
In 1994 she was appointed Chartering Director of Boluda Corporación Marítima and has been Director General of the Towage and Salvage division since 1997.
Coll holds a degree in Fleet Management, accredited by the Chartering and Shipbroking Association, from North West King College (UK), and a Masters in International Maritime Law from the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and speaks perfect French and Valencian.
Since 2002 she has been a representative member of ETA (European Tugowners Association), one of the oldest maritime organizations in Europe, which aims to unite and promote the interests of European tugboat operators, promote safety and environmental protection and be a representative voice of the towing industry in Europe. Between 2006 and 2009 she was appointed first Vice-President then President, the only woman who can boast of holding that position to date.
Charo Coll has belonged since 1992 to the ISU (International Salvage Union), a prestigious international body representing the world’s 60 biggest maritime rescue companies. The ISU restricts membership to companies that maintain high rates of successfully completed rescues and are committed to fighting marine pollution. She was appointed member of the executive committee in 2012, Vice-President in October 2015 and in October 2017 Coll is due to become President of this outstanding organization.
She is also a member of the Valencia Chamber of Commerce and has been a member of other entities in the sector such as the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA).
A pioneer in the male-dominated maritime industry, Charo Coll is internationally renowned within the salvage community, from whom she has received numerous awards. Her approachable and friendly manner makes her a much admired and appreciated work colleague.